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Support system, 2018

by Madeline Bishop

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Finalist

Intimacy is often thought of in romantic or familial contexts. This triptych comes from a series considering the relationships that define us outside of these structures. Friendships are distinct from family relationships because there is an assumption that you are choosing one another. Despite this, time has a way of tangling and binding people. In romantic and familial relationships there are often implied or explicit ‘rules’ and expectations. Such clear obligations are harder to find in our friendships. What do we owe each other? And how far are we permitted to burrow into one another’s lives?

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.